Before we get too deep into this aspect of youth ministry, remember to check the Holy Father’s Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation (which can be found on this link at the Vatican site) for the full text of the document. Let’s discuss schools a little bit:
247. The Church’s educational institutions are undoubtedly a communal setting for accompaniment; they can offer guidance to many young people, especially when they “seek to welcome all young people, regardless of their religious choices, cultural origins and personal, family or social situations. In this way, the Church makes a fundamental contribution to the integral education of the young in various parts of the world”.[FD 15] They would curtail this role unduly were they to lay down rigid criteria for students to enter and remain in them, since they would deprive many young people of an accompaniment that could help enrich their lives.
Unfortunately, the high profile evictions of children because of parental situations cast a deeper shadow over many institutions. What can you do? Sinners must be confronted, according to some in the institution. Any thoughts?
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